An interesting characterisation of the web's problems as five paradoxes by the new, provocativly titled blog 'Abandon the Web':
- Everything is free, yet nothing is free. (Compensation paradox)
- We don't know who you are, yet there is no privacy. (Identity paradox)
- Write multiple times, yet it still doesn't run everywhere. (Compatibility paradox)
- Code goes over the network, yet it's not mobile. (Boundary paradox)
- The Web is not decentralized enough, yet it is not centralized enough. (Responsibility paradox)
Nothing really new, but it's still a succinct description of some of the key problems. Of course, despite these paradoxes, somehow you're still managing to read this post...